No sign of microlight after search

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A SEARCH for a microlight which was reported to have ditched in the sea off Usan, at the north end of Lunan Bay was called off on Wednesday morning after nothing was found.

Forth Coastguard watch manager Gordon Downard said on Wednesday that as far as the authorities could determine there was no report of a missing aircraft or aviator.

The incident has been classified as a false alarm with good intent, but Mr Downard said that if additional information came to light and it was felt that a further search was warranted, then it would be resumed.

He asked that anyone with information should call 01333 450666.

The alarm was raised at about 4 p.m. on Tuesday after a member of the public reported the possible crash near Usan.

Both Montrose lifeboats were called out and three fishing boats also assisted in the search. A rescue helicopter from RAF Lossiemouth arrived on the scene within 30 minutes and a team from Montrose Coastguard searched the shoreline.

The search was resumed at 8 a.m. on Wednesday involving Montrose Lifeboat and Montrose Coastguard. Again nothing was found

Coastguard also checked with a film crew at Auchmithie to ensure that they had not been using a microlight, but they had not.

Forth Coastguard said on Tuesday: “Nothing was found and the search was called off after darkness fell. We have had airfields checked and the RAF have made their own inquiries and nothing has been reported.”